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synthesis

Noun

1 the process of producing a chemical compound (usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)
2 the combination of ideas into a complex whole [syn: synthetic thinking] [ant: analysis]
3 reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect) [syn: deduction, deductive reasoning] [also: syntheses (pl)]

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English

Etymology

From synthesis < σύνθεσις, "composition".

Noun

  1. The formation of something complex or coherent by combining simpler things.
  2. The reaction of elements or compounds to form more complex compounds.
  3. A deduction from the general to the particular.
  4. The combination of thesis and antithesis.
  5. In intelligence usage, the examining and combining of processed information with other information and intelligence for final interpretation; (JP 1-02).

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Translations

formation of something complex or coherent
  • Czech: syntéza
  • Finnish: synteesi
  • French: synthèse
  • Japanese: 統合, 総合
  • Russian: синтез
chemistry: reaction of elements or compounds
  • Finnish: synteesi
  • French: synthèse
  • Japanese: 合成
  • Russian: синтез
logic: deduction from the general to the particular
  • Finnish: synteesi
  • trreq Japanese
  • Russian: синтез
philosophy: combination of thesis and antithesis
  • Finnish: synteesi
  • French: synthèse
  • Japanese: 総合判断
  • Russian: синтез
military: in intelligence usage

Extensive Definition

The term synthesis (from the ancient Greek σύν [with] and θεσις [placing]) is used in many fields, usually to mean a process which combines two or more pre-existing elements and results in something new.
Synthesis may refer to:
e.g.:

See also

synthesis in Arabic: تخليق
synthesis in Danish: Syntese
synthesis in German: Synthese
synthesis in Spanish: Síntesis (literaria)
synthesis in Esperanto: Sintezo
synthesis in Croatian: Sinteza
synthesis in Ido: Sintezo
synthesis in Indonesian: Sintesis
synthesis in Lithuanian: Sintezė
synthesis in Dutch: Synthese (filosofie)
synthesis in Norwegian: Syntese
synthesis in Polish: Synteza filozoficzna
synthesis in Finnish: Synteesi
synthesis in Russian: Синтез
synthesis in Swedish: Syntes (filosofi)
synthesis in Chinese: 合成

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